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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Lumen 5

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is  Lumen5 is a desktop tool designed for bloggers to convert their blog posts into video.

I geeked out over this tool last year when I discovered it. Simply input your blog post’s url and Lumen 5 will import the text and images from that post and auto-create your video. You can then edit it, swap out images, upload other images and add music before you hit publish.  The video above is one I created with  Lumen 5 from an original blog post

The free plan includes unlimited videos, access to 10 million video files, and 480p-quality video with the Lumen5 watermark. You can also upload your own logo. Upgrading to the Pro plan ($49/month) lets you remove the Lumen5 branding, upload your own watermark and outro, and more.

 

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Ten Social Media Tools I’m Thankful For

With today’s Thanksgiving theme in mind, I’d like to share ten social media tools that I am thankful for.  I’m grateful to the developers for creating such easy-to-use, free tools!

1. Adobe Spark

A free suite of apps that allow both web and mobile users to create and share visual content — like posts for social media, graphics, web stories, and animated videos. One of my go-to graphic tools (the featured image on this post was created using this tool).

2. BeFunky

There is so much you can do with this tool to enhance your visual marketing assets, including creating collages, adding “one-click” photo effects (there are over 300 photo effects and filters to choose from) and an array of graphics (eg speech bubbles). The basic account is free to use and provides users with access to a library of 125 digital effects.

3. Canva

Whether you want a Twitter post or Facebook profile picture, you can create them quickly using Canva’s drag and drop editor. Select from a number of pre-set designs, or create something from scratch. You can also add elements such as custom icons, fonts, charts, and illustrations.

4. Emotional Marketing Value (EMV) Headline Analyzer

This headline analyzer is a free tool from the Advanced Marketing Institute that you can use to calculate the EMV of your own headlines. It scores the EMV of your headline with a breakdown of why it scored that value.

5. Grammarly

A free writing app available as a Google Chrome Extension. Adding Grammarly to Chrome means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted everywhere you write on the web. I use it all the time and find it super useful.

6. Hemingway Editor

A proofreading tool that clears your copy of all unnecessary copy. Just paste your text into the editor and you’ll get an analysis that highlights lengthy, complex sentences, adverbs, passive voice, and common errors.

7. Visme

Want to create a quick presentation? Visme makes it easy. Log in and click Presentations.  Choose the template that you like and start creating your presentation right away.

8. Quik

This free video-editing tool is easy to use and has both basic and advanced features. The basic video editing features include adding photos, videos, music, and text. You can choose a custom theme with transitions and graphics, adjust the font, filters and graphics and personalize your story with text overlays and title slides. The interface makes it easy to reorder, trim, zoom and rotate photos and video clips.

9. Pablo

This tool from Buffer is a bare-bones online image editor that lets you make basic social media images in seconds.

10. VideoShop

A free stand-alone video recorder and editing app. Because the app enables you to record and edit video in one place, you don’t have to use several different apps to create your video. Features include the ability to integrate your favorite songs to your video, add subtitles and noises like applause sounds. You can also adjust video speed to slow or fast, merge multiple clips into one and choose transitions to animate between video clips.

Looking for more tools like these?

Head on over to Medium for100 Tools To Help You Do More With Social Media.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Videoshop

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week I’m recommending Videoshop a free stand-alone video recorder and editing app.

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Because the app enables you to record and edit video in one place, you don’t have to use several different apps to create your video. Features include the ability to integrate your favorite songs to your video, add subtitles and noises like applause sounds. You can also adjust video speed to slow or fast, merge multiple clips into one and choose transitions to animate between video clips.

Videoshop is available on iOS or Android.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Content Row Headline Generator

This week’s cool tool recommendation is a headline generator tool from Content Row.

Here’s what the tool returns for the term “social media”. It’s probably best to ignore clickbait titles, but this is an AI tool, so it’s not an exact science. Once you are logged in as a user, you can filter out clickbait in your search.

Each headline is given a score, and you can click on the option to analyze it, which is a nice feature as it gives you some suggestions on how to improve it.

While these tools aren’t perfect, they can kickstart the creative thinking process when it comes to writing headlines. 

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Healthcare’s Social Media Revolution: Benefits and Pitfalls

One of the most significant developments in communication history occurred in August 1991 when Tim Berners-Lee revealed the world wide web technology he had developed at CERN in Switzerland.

With the advent of broadband internet connections and the inclusion of mobile devices into everyday life, the web has played a major role in revolutionizing our society during the twenty-first century. Mobile devices, which allow users to communicate anywhere and at any time, have greatly enhanced social media’s success. In real-time, we can talk to people we may not have met in person. With social media, we can interact and share information online more dynamically than we could with more traditional means.

The impact of social media extends not only to communication among friends, but also to communication between organizations, hospitals, and medical professionals. This change, along with the growing mobility of data, will result in significant changes in healthcare and will affect professional activities.

One of the driving forces behind a more patient-centric healthcare model is social media. With social media’s highly accessible communication tools, patients and healthcare providers can better communicate about health issues. It has the advantage of making health information accessible to more demographic groups, regardless of age, education, race, or location.

Social media tools give healthcare a unique set of opportunities, but they also present some challenges. Medicine values confidentiality, privacy, one-on-one interactions, and professional conduct. In contrast, social media is more informal and open. Further, social media tools collect, share, and promote unregulated information, so it’s inconsistent and variable.

Continue reading this post on Medium

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Keyword Surfer

This week I’m recommending Keyword Surfer –  a free Chrome extension that gives you keyword search volume in Google search results.

One of the really cool things about this tool is that it offers tons of SEO tips and advice with a comprehensive knowledge base. It even offers a free SEO Writing Masterclass which can take you from SEO zero to hero.

Watch the short video below to learn more.

 

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10 Point Checklist For A Social Media Audit

Conducting a social media audit is a key part of a social media marketing plan.

We can waste time and resources trying to improve things that don’t need improving while neglecting the things that we really need to work on.

A social media audit is a great way to take stock of where you’re at and identify what you can improve on going forward.

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8d   List All Your Social Accounts

Create a simple excel spreadsheet and list all your social accounts, including those you set up but haven’t used in a while.

  • Check that you only have one business profile on each platform.
  • Make sure you know all the passwords for your accounts and have access to the accounts and associated emails.
  • Keep your passwords secure and set up a system for changing them regularly.
  • List all account administrators.
  • Do you need to change access or permissions for someone who no longer manages your accounts?

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8d Update Your Information

  • Have you pinned outdated information to the top of your timelines?
  • Have you fully completed your About sections? Do they contain all the information a prospective customer or client would need to find out about your services?
  • Do your social profiles include a URL that leads back to your website?
  • Are your bio details accurate?
  • Do you need to add or change any of the existing information?

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8d Review Your Images

  • Are your header images clear and compelling?
  • Do your cover photos needed updating? Are you still showing that summer picture now that it’s winter?
  • Is your image resolution good? Are you using the correct image dimensions for each social platform? Find the most up-to-date image sizes here.
  • How about your bio picture? Are you happy it conveys a professional image? Is it clearly visible on all devices?
  • Are you making good use of keywords?
  • Do you need to include a new call-to-action?

Check out my guide to creating professional graphics

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8d Check For Consistency Across All Platforms

  • Are you consistent in how you use your brand images across all platforms?
  • Do background colours, logos, and other images follow your branding?
  • Are all descriptions and URLs uniform?
  • If you were your ideal customer, would you be able to identify with your brand on social media in terms of image, tone, and voice?

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8d Claim Your Vanity URLs

 A vanity URL is the user name that you assign to your social media accounts which uniquely identifies you. Before you create your vanity URL, your social media profile is given a default URL that includes a string of random numbers.

  • Have you claimed your vanity URLS on Facebook and LinkedIn? For more information on claiming your vanity URL visit these pages at LinkedIn and Facebook.

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8d Dig Into Your Audience Demographics

How well do you know your audience? Finding data on your existing audience will help you identify who you’re currently reaching and if they are within your target market. Use Google Analytics and built-in audience analytics features such as Facebook Insights and Twitter Analytics to dig into detailed demographic data, including countries, occupations and interests, and the gender split of your audience.

  • Where do they like to hang out online?
  • What content is most relevant to them?
  • What kind of information are they looking for?
  • How do they like to consume that information?

Download my free audience persona template here

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8dAudit Your Posting Activity

Social media is all about engaging with the right audience on the right platform at the right time. Are you sharing the kind of information your audience finds useful? Are you sharing at the right time of the day? Audit how often you are posting on each platform and List which times you are posting and the results you are getting.

Schedule posts according to effective times of day:

o    6-10 times daily for Twitter

o    1-2 times daily for Facebook

o    1-3 times daily for Instagram

o    Update Instagram Story

o    1 time daily for LinkedIn

Recommended Reading: When Are The Best Times To Post On Social Media In 2020?

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8dEvaluate Engagement Rates

Determine where you are getting the most engagement and make a decision about whether to continue efforts on all platforms, or to reduce your efforts to concentrate on just one or two platforms. It’s important, especially if your resources are limited, that you’re focusing your social media efforts in places that will generate the most return for your efforts.

  • How engaged is your audience with you on each of your social networks?
  • Do your interactions seem to be coming from your target market?
  • Are most of your conversions coming from one network only?

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8dStudy Your High Performing Content

Review your high performing content across all social networks.

  • Which content worked best for you? Create more of this content in the future.
  • Can you re-purpose this content and use it again.

Recommended Reading: How To Create Six Unique Social Shares From Just One Piece of Content

vector-transparent-background-checklist-icon-png-c-07660ab7ca597a8d Audit Your Competitors

Compare your competitors’ digital footprint against your own. While it’s tempting to go straight to vanity metrics such as follower numbers, it will be of more benefit if you skip the quantitative analysis for qualitative.

  • Look at the type of content your competitors are creating. How often are they sharing it?
  • How have they chosen to use brand images?
  • Which influencers are they interacting with?
  • Are they active on networks you aren’t?​
  • Take note of what they are doing well, and where they are lacking.

Recommended ReadingSix Tools To Help You Perform A Competitor Audit

How often should you do a social media audit?

I recommend you do a comprehensive audit on your accounts twice yearly to consider any major adjustments to your strategy. In the intervening time, keep an eye on your analytics and metrics on a monthly basis. Use a reporting system to keep track of monthly changes and review these when it comes time to do your twice-yearly audit.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Storrito

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Instagram Stories web editor tool Storrito. 

Storrito enables users to create Instagram and Facebook Stories on desktop/laptop computers.

Features include:

  • Add free or upload your own GIFs to your stories
  • Highres Emojis 😀 😍 😁
  • Custom fonts selection
  • Use professional stock photos for free
  • Access thousands of professional story templates from Canva.com and add interactive stickers in our editor

Pricing

You can post 50 stories for free and paid features start at $15 per month. 

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The Internet Never Sleeps: Here’s What Happens Every Minute Online

Data never sleeps and it shows no signs of slowing down. Domo

For the last few years, I’ve posted a mesmerizing graphic from Domo showing just what happens every 60 seconds online.  

In this 10th annual “Data Never Sleeps” infographic, you can see how much data is accelerating, and it shows no signs of slowing down. 

How far have we come in ten years?

Looking at the statistics this year, the most fascinating thing to me is how much the data has grown.   You can also see that sharing of image and video content has the largest increase, while email has the smallest increase.

Click here to learn more.

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#ThursdayTip: How To Choose The Best Social Network For Your Audience

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want you to think about whether you are active on the best social network for your particular audience. 

Not all social media is created equal. Different platforms attract different audiences.

It’s important, especially if your resources are limited, that you’re focusing your social media efforts in places that will generate the most return for your efforts.

There’s no point in spending your time on a particular social network if your audience isn’t there. Nor should you spread yourself too thin by trying to be everywhere at once. Every additional platform your business is active on means additional time and effort required to engage on and create tailored content for that platform.

Before becoming active on a social network, try answering the following questions to help you choose the platform that is right for you.

1. Will this platform help me achieve my marketing goals?

Setting SMART goals to which you can align your social media activity is a good guarantee of online marketing success. If you can’t explain how a particular social channel will help you to achieve your goals, then it may not be the right fit for you.

2. Is my target audience active on this platform?

The most effective social media strategies are informed by social media data. Refer to Google Analytics for your website to see which social networks are sending the most traffic to your site. Look at existing data to learn where a specific demographic spends their time online. Statista and GlobalWebIndex are good sources of worldwide statistics on Internet usage.

3. Which social networks are my competitors using?

Which social networks are your competitors using? Are they active on networks you aren’t? Use a tool like Buzzsumo to identify the social channels on which your competitors get the most shares. Chances are if these channels match your demographics and are working well for your competitors, they will work well for you also.

4. Will this platform match the content I create?

If you want your content to do well on social media, you’ve got to be strategic about what you publish and where you publish it. You need to create content that aligns with your audience’s expectations on each social channel. Identify how, when, and where your specific audience likes to engage with content. Certain content formats will be more suited to particular channels than others.

5. Can I integrate this platform with another similar one?

It’s better to use fewer channels well than to stretch yourself thin trying to maintain a presence on every social network. There is a degree of reciprocity between certain platforms — for example, Facebook and Instagram — the key is to choose channels that integrate well with each other to create maximum impact.

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Bonus Tip! 

Consider broadening your social media horizons. While Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat might be the most popular social networks in the West, there is a world beyond the Big Five waiting for you to explore.

Here’s to your social media success!